“Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
footprints in the sands of time;”
Bobby departed peacefully in the early hours of Saturday, 05 Nov 11. Just two days after returning from the Bangalore celebrations he took ill with a virus infection and this led to further complications because of his cardiac and diabetic problems. In fact it was only Madhuri’s tremendous presence of mind and courage that revived him even then. Words cannot express the care Madhuri poured on him these last few weeks and months. Yet, in spite of her herculean and selfless effort, he never really recovered till he passed away yesterday.
Truly a Marut pioneer, amongst the first to be posted to Maruts, Bobby was a lovable, gentle soul whom it was our good fortune to have known. Blessed with an amazing sense of humour and immense common sense, he was a much sort after personality, whether at work, partying or on the golf course.
While returning from his funeral, I was wondering how most people would always remember Bobby for his excellent humour and his one liners. With him around a simple slip would be pounced on in a flash and one would have to pay the price. Yet, not once would there be any malice or humiliation, it was just plain innocent, intelligent humour. I also wondered how many would even know of just how wonderful a human being resided in that relatively pint sized frame. The young caddy who was sent to school, uniforms and books provided, also sent for vocational training like driving, opening of post office savings accounts out of the caddy money and help and assistance provided without anyone being any wiser – a simple, kind hearted Bobby that perhaps not many knew of. He always saw the good in others and was the one always there with soothing words when things were getting heated amongst friends. That is what set him apart from the rest of us and made him a great human being.
To Madhuri and Anirudh our deepest and heart felt condolences and our prayers that they weather their grief and move on boldly, as Bobby would have surely wanted them to.
Bobby – farewell and rest in peace.